A Mustard Seed
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
‘[Jesus] said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
A little effort from us can produce a great deal of fruit for God and His Church. Our little mustard seed effort, magnified by God’s Grace, can grow into a magnificent, living offering to God. But we have to give Him something to work with—we have to make an effort in the right direction.
The inspiration usually begins outside of us. The Holy Spirit prompts us to do something, but our effort is essential. God wants us to participate in His great works. God could do it all without us, but He will be much more pleased if we choose to take part. He wants us to enjoy doing good works through Him, and with Him, and in Him. God likes us to take an active role in sharing His love with others. We make Him visible and tangible in this world, and both those who give care and those who receive it are blessed.
We all have a part to play in God’s great design. Each of us is here for a reason. No matter how meager our gifts might seem to us, they may be just what is needed at a given moment to make amazing things happen. Take our Led by the Light campaign, for example. Every gift moved us that much closer to our goal, our small efforts added up together into something grand, and now we are beginning construction on the first new school in our diocese in decades. A little effort from us, magnified by God’s grace, has grown into something that will endure and will strengthen our community for many years to come.
All God needs to do great things in our world is your mustard seed of effort. May God grant us the vision to see His goals for us and the courage to commit our efforts to achieving these goals.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn